Hazard reduction burn at Wallaroo National Park near Clarence Town

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) together with the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS), is planning a hazard reduction burn in Wallaroo National Park near Clarence Town, Thursday 4 November, weather permitting.

Controlled Burn by National Parks and Wildlife Service and NSW Rural Fire Service, fire and Rescue NSW. Andrew Smith.

The 164-hectare burn will occur south of Limeburners Creek Road, between Callaghans Trail and Ten Mile Road.

Wallaroo National Park will be closed to visitors during the hazard reduction operation that is expected to take 2 days.

The purpose of this planned, well-timed burn is to take advantage of favourable weather conditions before summer kicks in.

The burn will reduce fuel loads in the park and help to protect nearby communities from any future bushfire impacts.

Motorists are advised there may be delays along Limeburners Creek Road so they should drive to conditions, follow all signage and directions from fire and traffic crew.

For their safety and that of the fire crews, people must keep well clear of the burn area and avoid 'sightseeing' which can compromise fire crew operations.

While every effort will be made to minimise the impact of smoke, people in the area are advised that smoke may linger for a few days after the burn.

This burn is one of many hazard reduction operations undertaken by NPWS across New South Wales each year, many with assistance from the Rural Fire Service and Fire and Rescue NSW.

Hazard reduction is a critical function of fire services and operations are conducted in a COVID-19 safe manner to ensure the safety of fire crews and the community.

All burns across New South Wales will continue to be coordinated with the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) and details on specific burns will be made available in advance on the Rural Fire Service website, 'Fires Near Me' app, and on NPWS Alerts website.

For health information relating to smoke from bush fires and hazard reduction burning, visit NSW Health or the Asthma Foundation.

For up to date information on this/these, and other, planned hazard reduction activities, visit the Rural Fire Service website.